In-Depth Features


Infrastructure Takes Center Stage

Building a solid IT infrastructure is essential to maintaining communications in your organization. Here''s a sampling of key products vendors are showing off at TechEd 2005.

Put the 'Smart' in Smart Client

Building applications for multiple platforms requires more consideration from developers than ever before. Find out how to make your apps ''smarter.''

New Dev Tools Integrate With VS 2005

Vendors at TechEd showcase new development tools, including products that help you build database apps, enhance your app''s presentation layer, design Web apps more easily, and more.

Longhorn Redux

The next version of Windows will differ dramatically from its PDC 2003 preview version. Gauge the impact, if any, that Longhorn and its back-ported Avalon and Indigo components will have on VS developers.

Bloggers on Tech-Ed

Here are some interesting posts from TechEd speakers and attendees. We''ll be adding to this list throughout the week.

Revisiting Whidbey, Yukon, and Beyond

Here''s an overview and analysis of the latest developments in Microsoft''s server and tools products.

Where Microsoft Stands With Security

Recent releases to implement security include Windows Server Update Services and Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003.

Faster .NET 2.0, New Service Pack for Exchange

Steve Ballmer touts performance gains in .NET 2.0 and a new service pack for Exchange Server in his TechEd keynote.

How Does X64 Measure Up?

What works on 64 bits will always work faster, but early adopters will have to accept some limitations. Danielle Ruest and Nelson Ruest put X64 through its paces.

Windows Mobile and Visual Studio Sync Up

Microsoft VP Ya-Qin Zhang discusses improvements in Windows Mobile 5.0 that will interest Visual Studio developers, as well as broader issues in the mobile market.

Update on Visual Studio 2005

Microsoft provided an update on Visual Studio 2005''s progress and features at VSLive! Las Vegas last week.

Manage Localization of .NET Apps

Learn how to localize your applications easily with this robust localization and resource-management tool.

Books: Take .NET to the Extreme

eXtreme .NET combines the benefits of extreme programming with those of .NET. The author delves into pair programming, spiking, problem breakdown, testing, refactoring, and more.

Books: Integrate Large-Scale Apps Successfully

Enterprise Application Integration Using .NET shows you how to overcome the issues and obstacles involved in integrating enterprise-scale applications successfully.

Simplify XML Data Validation

The second-generation .NET Framework builds on the tools of the first to provide better, more standards-compliant XML data validation.

Enhance WinForm Functions

Form Maximizer for .NET helps you add professional touches to your forms right now by configuring a few properties rather than by delving into .NET intricacies.

Two Big Developments for Tablet PC

Frank Gocinski, Microsoft''s ISV Business Development Evangelist Manager, discusses major developments for Tablet PC.

Books: Secure Your .NET Apps

The .NET Developer''s Guide to Windows Security helps put you on your way to developing secure applications in .NET.

Create Master Pages in ASP.NET 2.0

ASP.NET 2.0's master pages can help you develop consistent Web apps without the additional overhead of include files, user controls, or third-party add-ins.

Mapping Security to Services-Oriented Architecture

What security hurdles can you overcome when using XML to develop against a services layer? A whiteboard diagram of security requirements mappings in an SOA shows you the way.